As a current member of the House Budget Committee and a former Chair of the Joint Finance Committee in the Wisconsin State Assembly, I believe our budgets should reflect our values. I voted against the budget for fiscal year 2014, introduced by the House Republicans and Rep. Paul Ryan (R- WI). This budget kept the devastating sequestration cuts to programs that are essential for the most vulnerable members of our Wisconsin communities including Head Start and Meals on Wheels, while turning Medicare into a voucher program and keeping tax breaks for oil and gas companies.
I support a budget that makes investments in our future generations and protects programs that advance our entire society. I believe our budget should strengthen Social Security and Medicare and invest in job growth through infrastructure, education, and research and development, while responsibly reducing our deficits and cutting wasteful spending and redundant programs where they exist. I promote a balanced approach, with commonsense initiatives, promoting economic growth and reducing the deficit without unduly threatening the security of Wisconsin’s middle class and seniors. Instead of kicking the can down the road, I believe we need a comprehensive budget that lays out priorities for the nation.
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MADISON, WI—Congressman Mark Pocan (WI-02) released the following statement in response to the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s reversal of Governor Evers’ emergency order threatening millions of dollars every month in federal food assistance for Wisconsinites.
MADISON, WI—Representatives Mark Pocan (D-WI) and Barbara Lee (D-CA) led a group of 29 Democrats demanding that this year’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) authorize a level of spending below last year’s budget, in a letter to House Armed Services Committee (HASC) leadership this morning.
MADISON – U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02) released the following statement after Gov. Scott Walker unveiled his state budget proposal:
“Governor Walker is asking the people of Wisconsin to join him in embracing alternative facts and to view an alt-reality budget where his years of destructive cuts to our public schools, our roads and other vital infrastructure never actually happened. This budget proposal is first and foremost about helping Scott Walker and not about helping Wisconsinites trying to make ends meet.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Reps. Jim Renacci (OH-16) and Mark Pocan (WI-02) were joined by Reps. Daniel Webster (FL-10), John Carney (DE at-large), Derek Kilmer (WA-06), and Richard Hanna (NY-22) to introduce bipartisan legislation to eliminate a Washington-created budget gimmick and protect employees and their employers.